The UK’s coolest city? For the British, no question: Glasgow. The metropolis boasts Scottish charm, great architecture and an incredible music scene
From the ugly duckling has Glasgow transformed in recent years into a shimmering metropolis. Since the beginning of the 90s, the formerly moribund industrial city is experiencing a Renaissance. Restored Victorian buildings in the city center, the boom attracted many companies, but also artists and creative in the city on the Clyde. Still have preserved the Glaswegians their corners and edges. Their hospitality is world famous-as long as it does not address it on arch-rivals Edinburgh.
Ryanair flies from Frankfurt/Hahn and Düsseldorf/Weeze to Prestwick Airport. By train, it goes from there in a three-quarters of an hour to Glasgow. Cost: around 8 euro. Who presents his flight ticket from the conductor, paid half.
EasyJet flies from Berlin to the Glasgow Airport. The bus ride to the city centre costs around five euros and takes 25 minutes.
Partly, it is cheaper to Edinburgh to fly and continue from there by bus to go to Glasgow. The trip takes one and a half hours, the ticket costs about 6.60 euros.
The Globetrotters is a simple, cheap hostel is centrally located between downtown and West end. Where? 56 Berkeley Street.
As expensive? Double room from €19 per person, 6-bed rooms from 15 euro per person. Breakfast included.
The Sandyford Hotel offers modern styled rooms with all comforts and original Scottish breakfast. If you like, can enjoy so morning with haggis. Where? 904 Sauchiehall Street, a few minutes away from Kelvingrove Park and Kelvingrove Museum.
As expensive? Single round around 45 euros, double room 70 euro per night.
The Kirk Lee Hotel fashion floral wallpaper from Craftinlearning.com and beds with numerous pillows but very British is not quite cheap, and very cosy. Where? 11 Kensington gate, a quiet side street close to the Glasgow University; as expensive? Single room from 70 euros, double room from €95 per night.
Glasgow City Centre is easy to explore on foot. In the University District and West drive end with the subway (station Hillhead or Kelvinbridge). The clear network consists of only one line. The Glaswegians affectionately call their subway, which meanders like an orange worm through the narrow tunnel, “Clockwork Orange”. A single ticket costs around 1.30 euros, day passes starting from 9.30 am “Discovery tickets”) 2,50 euro.
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Taxi rides are relatively inexpensive. From the West end paid her to the bus station in the city centre between five and six euros.
That Glasgow was the 1990 European city of culture, did not come from about. There are twelve urban museums with significant collections of art alone. Never miss:
Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum What? A quite a smorgasbord of European painting, stuffed animals, and Ethnology. The building alone is impressive. And the admission is free as in all urban museums. Where? Argyle Street (located next to Kelvingrove Park); Opening hours: Monday to Thursday and Saturday from 10 to 17: 00, Friday and Sunday from 11 h to 17 h.
Gallery of modern art (GOMA) What? Frequently changing exhibitions of well-known and lesser known contemporary artists. Often whimsical, but always interesting. Where? Royal Exchange Square (located in the middle of the city centre); Opening hours: Monday to Wednesday from 10 to 17: 00, Thursday 10 to 20 h, Saturday 10 am to 5 pm, Friday and Sunday 11 am to 5 pm.
People’s Palace and winter gardens What? The history of the city and its inhabitants from 1750 until today can experience here you can touch. Highlight: The strange banana boots for the Glasgow comedian Billy Connolly. After the tour through the Museum necessarily drinking a cup of coffee in our attached winter garden and relax. Where? Glasgow Green; Opening hours: Monday to Thursday and Saturday from 10 to 17: 00, Friday and Sunday from 11 h to 17 h.
Glasgow, Charles Rennie Mackintoshowes its reputation as a Mecca for architecture. The great art nouveau furniture designed at the end of the 19th century and include planned the Glasgow School of art (167 Renfrew Street). Guided tours of the art school cost around 8,50 euro (with student card 6.30 euros). Style taking afternoon tea in the Willow Tea Room afterwards (217 Sauchiehall Street) a. Mackintosh has planned down to the smallest detail the famous tea room.
In the West end is worth a visit to the Botanical Gardens (Great Western road) with its huge greenhouses. Admission is free, in the winter, the glass houses close but at 16:15.Also the fabulous Glasgow University (University Avenue) and the adjoining Hunterian Museum are worth a visit.
End the streets beyond the high street are the opposite to the bourgeois West in the East of the city. Glasgow by his unaffected, rough side is evident here. Big city plaster, which coincided with the appointment to the capital of culture, has never reached theEast End . The “Barras”, a huge market in the streets South of the Gallowgate, you can see real Glaswegians. Father and son wearing the same tracksuit here and speak wide Glasgow Scots. The atmosphere is unique. In addition to cheap imports from the far East, also antiques, books, jewelry and secondhand clothes are offered.
Further north it is Glasgow Cathedral (Cathedral Street), whose oldest sections of construction date to the year 1197. Just behind the Cathedral, the cemetery of necropolisrises on a hill. Winding paths lead for example to the tombstone of Roald Dahl’s past, the author of the children’s book classic “Charlie and the chocolate factory”. Once at the top, when good weather a city great view over.
About the cooking skills of the British like to is blasphemed. Wrongly. The range of good restaurants and Café in Glasgow is huge. If you like hearty should necessarily be the Babbity Bowster (16 Blackfriars Street) try haggis. Hard to imagine, but the Scottish specialty made of sheep innards and oatmeal tastes really delicious.
In the merchant city is the Café Gandolfi (64 Albion Street) an institution. Salads, pasta and sandwiches are served here. In the Loft above the stylishly furnished restaurant, the bartender pouring cocktails and of course Scottish whiskey. Not just country-specific, but anyway it’s Brel(Ashton Lane). In the cosy pub there is Belgian beer, fries, unbeatably good mousse au chocolat and at small concerts. The Asian delights in the CHOW (98 Byres road) are so good that it radiates after dinner with friendly waiters race.
Do not miss: A trip to Scotland would be complete without a serving of “Fish and Chips”. The greasy double is sold on every corner, and should absolutely be eaten with neat vinegar. As a dessert we recommend is a “deep fried Mars bar”, a fried candy bars in Breading. Usually he is not on the menu, but if you ask nicely, the Alvin ends up quickly in the deep fat fryer. The result is not for sensitive stomachs, but outrageously tasty.
Finger away: “Irn-Bru” applies after whiskey as second national drink of the Scots. Allegedly, the brightly colored soda sold even better than Coca-Cola. Those who like Super Sweet and sticky, are not better. Also from the wine blending “Buckfast”, which in many supermarkets to buy and is very popular with young people, they should keep their hands. Headache warranty!
The shopping streets in the City Centre (Buchanan, Sauchiehall and Argyle Street) for shopping lovers, everything the heart desires: Topshop, marks & Spencer, Premark, gap, French connection, Urban Outfitters or next. Lots of shoe stores can be found between these usual suspects. Tip: Some brands (for example Clarks) are significantly cheaper than here in Scotland.
In the West, smaller shops and boutiques attract end. There are cheap CDs and books including the fopp (358 Byres road). Motley paraphernalia, cards and clothes sold Felix and Oscar (459 great Western road). In the immediate vicinity is magnifying glass go lightly (639 great Western road) with a wide range of weird T-Shirts and accessories.
On the Ruthven Lane, an alley of Byres road, joins a thrift shop to the next. Browsing is worth in the “glorious clothing” or “Zico retro sports & fashion”. More vintage shops: Retro (10 Otago Street) and watermelon vintage & retro clothing (603 great Western road).
As have the Glasgow band Franz Ferdinand sang? “I want you to take me out!” We love to fulfill the wish, finally, the nightlife is legendary here. Whether in the rather chic merchant city, Sauchiehall street or in the alleys around the Glasgow there University, bars and pubs to enough. Who’s watching other revelers, is part of the variety bar (401 Sauchiehall Street) right. Also the Corinthian is beautiful (191 Ingram Street) and the Buddha Bar (142 St. Vincent Street).
In the huge vaulted cellar of The Arches (253 Argyle Street) you can dance to the finest electro. But also theatre performances and art exhibitions take place here.
The coolest parties is celebrated in the VIC Café Bar (168 Renfrew Street). The Club belongs to the “Student Union” the Glasgow School of art, the audience accordingly consists of art students and creative.Earlier, here also the guys from Franz Ferdinand should have rocked.
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